This week continue to review class policies in your syllabus and under 'Getting Started' to make certain you understand the course structure and goals.
Respond to the brief questions on Stephen Crane's The Open Boat and write an entry of roughly 1/2 page or more (always double space) using question 5 in the drop box on Crane and the following background information:
Stephen Crane’s the Open Boat was published in 1897 and is based upon a real event which he personally experienced (being shipwrecked off the coast of Florida in a small vessel). Crane is writing in a style called literary naturalism, which sought to capture the environment through realism and was informed by the belief that men and women are shaped by the forces of their environment and/or heredity. Naturalism seeks to show these forces and their source, whether it is pretty or not. A good, naturalistic story may be pessimistic, but it will also be realistic and strive for objectivity. This can make it quite revealing. Stephen Crane experiences the fears of being trapped in a small boat with survivors and the possibility of never seeing land again. He feels powerless in the face of the forces of nature. This causes him to interpret his experience in a certain way under those conditions, and, one could argue, stirs in the author (the correspondent) a spiritual awakening or significant change in his view of life. When reading this, look for the following themes: man versus nature, the indifference of nature to man, the spiritual awakening of the correspondent, and solidarity/survival.
When you answer the questions in the drop box below and write about the story, think deeply about the story’s theme, symbolism (if applicable), setting, time, place and the writing style used by the writer.
Reading comprehension for Crane:
1. Who are the four men in the boat?
2. What phrase does the correspondent keep repeating?
3. Which member of the crew doesn’t make it to shore and why?
4. Name one obstacle the men face while in the small boat and trying to find the shore.
5. Using the story and the background on Stephen Crane above, describe the major conflicts, themes and anything else you find significant in this story in ½ page or more (and your response to it). Focus on the material and story given, though you may, if relevant, relate a personally harrowing experience that reminded you of Crane’s if applicable. After you submit your brief writing response, submit it to the forum also (just number 5). Lastly, respond to someone else’s forum post by Friday (you should submit yours on Thursday with your assignments). Use double spacing but don't waste a lot of space with a heading (just put your name on top and to the right of it, type 'response to The Open Boat').
|Due By (Pacific Time)
||01/29/2015 12:00 am